Dangerous and Unwanted: Policy and Everyday Discourses of Migrants in Russia

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This chapter addresses the formation of the myth of a ‘dangerous migrant’
through politics’ and mass-media constriction of migrants’ image as
connected with crime, disease and illegal work. The restrictions of migration
legislation bring a lot of complications and contribute to the ambiguous
position of migrants in the society. One of the main problems facing migrants
in Russian society is racism and xenophobia, which often enjoy the support of
the state and mass-media. Due to the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine
which began in April 2014, almost a million people have sought refuge in
Russia, which according to the UN, is the ninth largest displaced group in the
world. The chapter discusses the existing regulations and the main issues
facing the refugees.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMigration and the Ukraine Crisis A Two-Country Perspective
EditorsAgnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska , Greta Uehling
Place of PublicationBristol, England
PublisherE-International Relations
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978-1-910814-28-4
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-1-910814-27-7
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2017


  • migration
  • Russia
  • Discrimination
  • Ukraine
  • Central Asia
  • undocumented migration


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